2020 | 030 – Site Modeling – 3D Site Plan Presentation Drawings

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ARCHICAD Training Lesson Outline

Site plan drawings and presentations can be created from:

  • 2D (plan views of the ground floor or a special site plan story)
  • 3D views, or a 
  • Hybrid combining these views, possibly including graphics from external sources (satellite views, Photoshop or Illustrator treatments, etc.)

3D Views

  • Use View menu > 3D View Options > 3D Projection Settings to set view to Top Axo with camera orientation from bottom of screen = 270 degrees (other variations are possible)
  • Output can be from 3D Window (OpenGL or Vectorial Engine) or Rendering
  • Output options: Print, save screenshot, Save As JPG or graphic file, or as View in View Map that can go onto a Layout sheet
  • Shadow casting can be enabled in 3D Styles or Photorendering settings
  • Shadows are cast onto 3D elements (most commonly: slabs or mesh)
  • Heliodon calculation based on Project Preferences > Location and North orientation plus date and time
  • View Settings include these settings for sun location; this allows multiple sun studies to be created and updated as the project design develops
  • Color coding is based on Surfaces seen in the 3D view
  • Layers, Model View Options and Graphic Overrides can be adjusted
  • 3D model can be cutaway using 3D Cutting Planes, can include interiors

Hybrid 3D and 2D Drawings

Copy shadows from 3D top view with Vectorial Engine using Marquee selection

Paste into Site Plan 2D view

Use Undo/Redo method to select pasted shadows and group

Edit menu > Reshape > Fill Consolidation

Additional Options:

  • Copy 3D rendering or OpenGL top view and overlay (paste or place, resize and align, put underneath)
  • Bring in Google Maps satellite view, crop, resize and align, put underneath
  • Can overlay 2 or more drawings onto Layout sheet rather than overlay on a plan view
  • Export into graphics program such as Photoshop or Illustrator to do more fancy stuff
  • Reimport graphics from Photoshop onto Layout sheet, overlay with site plan drawing

ARCHICAD Training Lesson Transcript

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